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The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announced that Denise Blough recently took over its social media channels as marketing coordinator, while 2021 shorebird intern Aaron White has returned in a new full-time position as shorebird technician.

Blough relocated from Columbus, Ohio, where she was working in communications at The Ohio State University. In her position, she was responsible for creating and managing social media content and strategy, designing print and digital marketing materials, assisting with media relations, collaborating on website design and content planning, and helping to create E-newsletters.

Blough has a bachelor’s in journalism and a Master of Environment and Natural Resources, both from OSU. She is also skilled in photography, video production, event planning, and brand management.

“All combined, Denise is a great fit for our marketing and communications needs and we couldn’t be happier about hiring her,” Communications Director Barbara Linstrom said.

Blough is taking the lead on SCCF social media, the launch of a new line of merchandise, and on the marketing of events and programs. She will also lend her marketing expertise to the Sanibel Sea School and Coastal Watch. Her writing, graphic design, and video production work will be featured in SCCF’s E-news, its magazine, and across other digital platforms.

“Putting my time and energy toward SCCF’s goals of protecting coastal ecosystems, safeguarding biodiversity, and connecting communities with nature is so fulfilling to me on multiple levels,” Blough said. “Working in conservation was my goal as I pursued my master’s. My knowledge of environmental science and policy makes me confident and excited to perform marketing duties to further the mission of all SCCF brands.”

White’s shorebird technician position will offer year-round support to the shorebird biologist and the coastal wildlife team. Tasks will include monitoring beach-nesting birds, coordinating volunteers, doing year-round shorebird surveys, and assisting with all departmental projects as needed, including Mind Your Line and others.

“We are thrilled to have Aaron returning as a technician this year,” shorebird biologist Audrey Albrecht said. “His experience and passion for conserving our coastal wildlife make him the perfect candidate for the job.”

Following his internship with the SCCF last year, White traveled back to Texas to work with small mammals and songbirds. He has a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology from Texas State University.

“After my SCCF internship, I got to see a ton of cool wildlife on an isolated ranch in the deep south,” White said. “Now I’m ready to get back to island life and protect some of my favorite species.”

The SCCF received a two-year donor pledge toward the new position this spring, and the AWC Family Foundation funded the balance, officially making the shorebird technician position a reality.


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